Originally Posted by mb530
Yes, but the guy that sells vintage speakers (who tells me they are way better) wants to sell speakers too. (He doesn't know I have the EPI 100's.)
One thing I believe is due to the size of them, a small entry level new speaker is not going to generate the small bass...I assume if they sound good now and I replace the cracked rotten foam, they will sound even better?
Also, why change the cap? I talked to a guy at a speaker repair company and he told me they are binary... they either work or they don't!
This argument over old vs new speakers has gone on here for years with both sides refusing to give an inch. Your lucky that this thread has been as civil as it has, so far.
While its true that computer models and programs have made it easier to engineer speakers that sound pretty good much more easily that's pretty much all its done. Made it easier. There was a lot more trial and error back in the day, but good speakers designers did get it right, just at a higher cost and not as often. All that really has changed in this regard is that there are a lot more decent offerings at good prices. But good speaker design, itself, has not changed much. The technology is easy to understand and has been understood for decades.
Regarding materials, yes there has been an introduction of different materials for cones but there are a lot that don't really like the sound of some of these materials. Very subjective thing. Fact is that some of the most incredible sounding speakers in the world used and still use paper pulp products for their cones and that is not likely to change much. And as far as caps either working or not, ridiculous. Over time the internal electrolyte begins to evaporate and the capacitors ability to function correctly decreases. Other than refoaming, this is the first thing many would look to do with older speakers, replace the caps. There are many around here that love older, vintage speakers and swear by them. Altec's VOT speakers are one example. Dunlavy are another. IMO no better speaker has ever been manufactured, but that is my opinion. A lot easier to buy a new entry level speaker that sounds pretty good but some older and vintage speakers are still outstanding no better or worse than the newer stuff.